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Listen: We'd all love nothing more than to throw up our hands and say, "Screw it--wear whatever you want!" But realistically we know that certain pieces of clothing, at a certain age, require a more delicate touch. Oh yeah, we're talking about shorts. As you prep for summer, keep these cardinal rules in mind.

DO: Choose an appropriate length. Any inseam less than three inches and you're toeing a fine Dukes of Hazzard line.

DON'T: Go overboard and resign yourself to knee-length Bermudas. There are plenty of three- and four-inch options out there to keep you in the ladylike zone. (Bless you, Old Navy.)

DO: Opt for a size larger than you think you might wear. This is not the time nor the place for intense curve-hugging. You want a loose fit that sits comfortably on your hips--both for style and chaffing reasons.

DON'T: Get stuck in a denim rut. Flowy fabrics like silk, rayon and linen are actually the most flattering in shorts form. (Hiiii, Splendid.)

DO: Wear them confidently. Any nervous tugging will just draw even more attention to your hip region. Make sure your fit is on point from the start, and then remember that it's not the dead of winter. Your legs are bare! Enjoy it.

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